'TO FEEL THE most fulfilled, I need to do what is right for me,” says Cammie Gilbert, vocalist of the critically acclaimed Houston prog-metal band Oceans of Slumber. “If I’m trying to make space for myself in a space that hasn’t provided for me before, I need to make sure I’m not just fitting into somebody’s preconceived mold of what it means for me to be there.”

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LOCATED ON THE border of Texas and Louisiana, near the sparsely populated town of Uncertain (not a typo), lies Caddo Lake — a vast, 25,400-acre lake and bayou, now an internationally protected wetland, known for its cypress forests and the occasional appearance of Bigfoot.

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AS LEAD SINGER, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for Houston indie-rock band The Wheel Workers (actually, “indie-rock” doesn’t really describe the scope of the band’s ambitions, but we’ll get to that), Steven Higginbotham has been the band’s keeper-of-the-flame for over two decades, most recently shepherding the group through the perils of the pandemic to record what may be their finest album in an already deep catalog.

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